Chorizo dumplings in chickpea stew


  • 300g chorizo, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 400g lean pork mince
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 400g butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar


Put the chorizo and pork mince in a food processor and pulse for 10 seconds. Add the spring onions, cumin seeds and salt and mix to a chunky paste. Divide into 16 pieces, roll into balls and coat with flour.

Heat a little oil in a large pan with a lid, add the meat dumplings and cook in batches until golden all over. Remove, drain on kitchen paper and set aside.
Add a little more oil to the pan and stir fry the onion over a medium heat until lightly caramelised. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for a further few minutes. Add the chickpeas, butter beans and the stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Return the dumplings to the pan, bring back to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in the parsley and vinegar off the heat. Check seasoning and serve.

Five spice chinese pork

chinese pork with noodles


This is a very quick Chinese pork recipe, make sure that you prepare everything in advance. Finely chop or crush the garlic and ginger together. Finely slice the chilli and chop up the vegetables, lastly slice the pork into thin slices so the meat cooks quickly.

Place the meat in a bowl and mix well with the soy, chilli, vinegar and five spice powder. Leave to combine for 15-30 mins and in the meantime cook the noodles and refresh them under cold water.

Now add some cooking oil, I would use groundnut, to a wok or pan on a high heat, when smoking hot add the garlic/ginger mix, stir fry for a few secs then add the meat mixture, stir fry for about 4 mons then add the brocolli and courgette, stir fry for another couple of mins

Now add a little water by pouring it round the side of the dish, this will give you a little sauce. Check for seasoning, adding more soy if neccessary. Add the noodles and mix well before serving with a garnish of sesame seeds